A new infographic, brought to you from your friends at Puppy Wire, lists the top six superfoods for super dogs. If you have a highly active dog, these foods will help keep your best friend active and healthy. Dogs have complex dietary needs and most dog foods do not fully cover their wide spectrum of these dietary necessities. Just like people, dogs also get bored with the same food every day and these superfoods change the flavor of their everyday food; offering a tasty and nutritious variety to their menu.
These superfoods may surprise you for they are not foods that you commonly think of as suitable eating for canines. The good part is they are foods you will enjoy also and you can munch right along with them at dinnertime. Nutrition is paramount, especially if your dog is very active or recovering from a sickness. Proper canine nutrition can add years to the life of your pet.
Although you would think fruit would really mess up a dog’s digestive system, blueberries are actually on the doggy superfood menu. They are rich in antioxidants, which kill free radicals and help repair cells. Highly active dogs desperately need antioxidants to help repair the muscle cells they break down while exercising. Researchers, studying sled dogs, have discovered that blueberries and the antioxidants they contain greatly reduce the risk of oxidative cell damage. Additionally, blueberries contain fiber that aids in digestion and helps control blood sugar.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are also important for canine skin health. Fish Oil is rich in these fatty acids, which increases sebum production for a healthy shine to your dog’s fur. Fatty acids reduce itching and scratching, encourage calm behavior and contain anti-inflammatory properties. Older dogs and dogs with arthritis benefit greatly from the reduction in inflammation provided by Fish Oil.
Similarly, apple cider vinegar strengthens and re-calcifies bones. It is easy to mix in with your dog’s food once a day and also kills off excess gastrointestinal bacteria. An added benefit from apple cider vinegar is that it is a natural mosquito repellent. See the infographic for these and the other doggy superfoods and visit PuppyWire.com for a multitude of tips on keeping your best friend happy, healthy and well behaved.
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